Edition:
United States
Pictures | Thu Aug 22, 2019 | 12:20pm EDT

Astronauts train for new Starliner spacecraft

NASA Commercial Crew astronaut Sunita Williams enters the water at NASA's Neutral Buoyancy Laboratory (NBL) training facility near the Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas, July 1, 2019. A crew of veteran U.S. astronauts and aviators are training in Houston for a manned mission to the International Space Station aboard Boeing's new Starliner spacecraft, which could also be used to take tourists into space on future missions.

The Boeing Starliner mission was originally scheduled for this month, but that has been delayed to at least the end of the year or into 2020 due to technical issues and amid a shakeup in the top echelons of the space agency. REUTERS/Mike Blake

NASA Commercial Crew astronaut Sunita Williams enters the water at NASA's Neutral Buoyancy Laboratory (NBL) training facility near the Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas, July 1, 2019. A crew of veteran U.S. astronauts and aviators are training...more

NASA Commercial Crew astronaut Sunita Williams enters the water at NASA's Neutral Buoyancy Laboratory (NBL) training facility near the Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas, July 1, 2019. A crew of veteran U.S. astronauts and aviators are training in Houston for a manned mission to the International Space Station aboard Boeing's new Starliner spacecraft, which could also be used to take tourists into space on future missions. The Boeing Starliner mission was originally scheduled for this month, but that has been delayed to at least the end of the year or into 2020 due to technical issues and amid a shakeup in the top echelons of the space agency. REUTERS/Mike Blake
Close
1 / 14
NASA Commercial Crew astronauts Sunita Williams and Josh Cassada are seen lowered into the water at NASA's Neutral Buoyancy Laboratory (NBL) training facility near the Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas, July 1. The exercises included training underwater to simulate space walks, responding to emergencies aboard the space station, and practicing docking maneuvers on a flight simulator. REUTERS/Mike Blake

NASA Commercial Crew astronauts Sunita Williams and Josh Cassada are seen lowered into the water at NASA's Neutral Buoyancy Laboratory (NBL) training facility near the Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas, July 1. The exercises included training...more

NASA Commercial Crew astronauts Sunita Williams and Josh Cassada are seen lowered into the water at NASA's Neutral Buoyancy Laboratory (NBL) training facility near the Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas, July 1. The exercises included training underwater to simulate space walks, responding to emergencies aboard the space station, and practicing docking maneuvers on a flight simulator. REUTERS/Mike Blake
Close
2 / 14
The space suit pants of the NASA Commercial Crew Astronaut Josh Cassada are seen on a pool desk awaiting his arrival at NASA's Neutral Buoyancy Laboratory (NBL) training facility near the Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas, July 1. Boeing and rival Elon Musk's SpaceX are competing with each other to become the first private company to resume human space flight from U.S. soil after the space shuttle program ended in 2011. REUTERS/Mike Blake

The space suit pants of the NASA Commercial Crew Astronaut Josh Cassada are seen on a pool desk awaiting his arrival at NASA's Neutral Buoyancy Laboratory (NBL) training facility near the Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas, July 1. Boeing and...more

The space suit pants of the NASA Commercial Crew Astronaut Josh Cassada are seen on a pool desk awaiting his arrival at NASA's Neutral Buoyancy Laboratory (NBL) training facility near the Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas, July 1. Boeing and rival Elon Musk's SpaceX are competing with each other to become the first private company to resume human space flight from U.S. soil after the space shuttle program ended in 2011. REUTERS/Mike Blake
Close
3 / 14
NASA Commercial Crew Astronaut Josh Cassada goes through a space suit fitting session at the Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas, July 2. REUTERS/Mike Blake

NASA Commercial Crew Astronaut Josh Cassada goes through a space suit fitting session at the Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas, July 2. REUTERS/Mike Blake

NASA Commercial Crew Astronaut Josh Cassada goes through a space suit fitting session at the Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas, July 2. REUTERS/Mike Blake
Close
4 / 14
NASA Commercial Crew Astronaut Josh Cassada is helped to get into his space suit at NASA's Neutral Buoyancy Laboratory (NBL) training facility near the Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas, July 1. REUTERS/Mike Blake

NASA Commercial Crew Astronaut Josh Cassada is helped to get into his space suit at NASA's Neutral Buoyancy Laboratory (NBL) training facility near the Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas, July 1. REUTERS/Mike Blake

NASA Commercial Crew Astronaut Josh Cassada is helped to get into his space suit at NASA's Neutral Buoyancy Laboratory (NBL) training facility near the Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas, July 1. REUTERS/Mike Blake
Close
5 / 14
NASA Commercial Crew astronaut Sunita Williams is helped to get into her space suit at NASA's Neutral Buoyancy Laboratory (NBL) training facility near the Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas, July 1. REUTERS/Mike Blake

NASA Commercial Crew astronaut Sunita Williams is helped to get into her space suit at NASA's Neutral Buoyancy Laboratory (NBL) training facility near the Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas, July 1. REUTERS/Mike Blake

NASA Commercial Crew astronaut Sunita Williams is helped to get into her space suit at NASA's Neutral Buoyancy Laboratory (NBL) training facility near the Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas, July 1. REUTERS/Mike Blake
Close
6 / 14
A view of the NASA's Neutral Buoyancy Laboratory (NBL) training facility is shown near the Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas, July 1. REUTERS/Mike Blake

A view of the NASA's Neutral Buoyancy Laboratory (NBL) training facility is shown near the Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas, July 1. REUTERS/Mike Blake

A view of the NASA's Neutral Buoyancy Laboratory (NBL) training facility is shown near the Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas, July 1. REUTERS/Mike Blake
Close
7 / 14
NASA Commercial Crew astronaut Sunita Williams enters the water at NASA's Neutral Buoyancy Laboratory (NBL) training facility near the Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas, July 1. REUTERS/Mike Blake

NASA Commercial Crew astronaut Sunita Williams enters the water at NASA's Neutral Buoyancy Laboratory (NBL) training facility near the Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas, July 1. REUTERS/Mike Blake

NASA Commercial Crew astronaut Sunita Williams enters the water at NASA's Neutral Buoyancy Laboratory (NBL) training facility near the Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas, July 1. REUTERS/Mike Blake
Close
8 / 14
NASA Commercial Crew astronaut Sunita Williams high-fives fellow astronaut Josh Cassada before being fitted into the space suits at the start of training at NASA's Neutral Buoyancy Laboratory (NBL) facility near the Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas, July 1. REUTERS/Mike Blake

NASA Commercial Crew astronaut Sunita Williams high-fives fellow astronaut Josh Cassada before being fitted into the space suits at the start of training at NASA's Neutral Buoyancy Laboratory (NBL) facility near the Johnson Space Center in Houston,...more

NASA Commercial Crew astronaut Sunita Williams high-fives fellow astronaut Josh Cassada before being fitted into the space suits at the start of training at NASA's Neutral Buoyancy Laboratory (NBL) facility near the Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas, July 1. REUTERS/Mike Blake
Close
9 / 14
A control center looking out over the water at NASA's Neutral Buoyancy Laboratory (NBL) training facility near the Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas, July 1. REUTERS/Mike Blake

A control center looking out over the water at NASA's Neutral Buoyancy Laboratory (NBL) training facility near the Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas, July 1. REUTERS/Mike Blake

A control center looking out over the water at NASA's Neutral Buoyancy Laboratory (NBL) training facility near the Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas, July 1. REUTERS/Mike Blake
Close
10 / 14
NASA Commercial Crew Astronaut Josh Cassada goes through a space suit fitting session at the Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas, July 2. REUTERS/Mike Blake

NASA Commercial Crew Astronaut Josh Cassada goes through a space suit fitting session at the Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas, July 2. REUTERS/Mike Blake

NASA Commercial Crew Astronaut Josh Cassada goes through a space suit fitting session at the Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas, July 2. REUTERS/Mike Blake
Close
11 / 14
NASA Commercial Crew astronaut Sunita Williams is lowered into the water at NASA's Neutral Buoyancy Laboratory (NBL) training facility near the Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas, July 1. REUTERS/Mike Blake

NASA Commercial Crew astronaut Sunita Williams is lowered into the water at NASA's Neutral Buoyancy Laboratory (NBL) training facility near the Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas, July 1. REUTERS/Mike Blake

NASA Commercial Crew astronaut Sunita Williams is lowered into the water at NASA's Neutral Buoyancy Laboratory (NBL) training facility near the Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas, July 1. REUTERS/Mike Blake
Close
12 / 14
The gloves and helmet of NASA Commercial Crew astronaut Sunita William's space suit are shown at NASA's Neutral Buoyancy Laboratory (NBL) training facility near the Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas, July 1. REUTERS/Mike Blake

The gloves and helmet of NASA Commercial Crew astronaut Sunita William's space suit are shown at NASA's Neutral Buoyancy Laboratory (NBL) training facility near the Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas, July 1. REUTERS/Mike Blake

The gloves and helmet of NASA Commercial Crew astronaut Sunita William's space suit are shown at NASA's Neutral Buoyancy Laboratory (NBL) training facility near the Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas, July 1. REUTERS/Mike Blake
Close
13 / 14
NASA Commercial Crew astronaut Sunita Williams smiles as she wears her space suit at NASA's Neutral Buoyancy Laboratory (NBL) training facility near the Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas, July 1. REUTERS/Mike Blake

NASA Commercial Crew astronaut Sunita Williams smiles as she wears her space suit at NASA's Neutral Buoyancy Laboratory (NBL) training facility near the Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas, July 1. REUTERS/Mike Blake

NASA Commercial Crew astronaut Sunita Williams smiles as she wears her space suit at NASA's Neutral Buoyancy Laboratory (NBL) training facility near the Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas, July 1. REUTERS/Mike Blake
Close
14 / 14

Next Slideshows

Postcards from Greenland

President Trump's proposal for the United States to buy Greenland from Denmark has met with surprise and a sharp rebuff from Copenhagen, with Prime Minister...

Aug 22 2019

Cuba's retro rides

The streets of Havana are still filled with cars that predate the 1959 communist revolution.

Aug 22 2019

Hong Kongers protest at site of suspected triad attacks

Thousands of Hong Kong residents held a sometimes scrappy anti-government protest at a suburban subway station that was attacked by a mob last month, angry that...

Aug 21 2019

'Eye for an eye': Hong Kongers protest with patches

Protesters in Hong Kong wear eye patches in solidarity with a young woman who was shot in the right eye with a pellet round in a violent police crackdown.

Aug 21 2019

MORE IN PICTURES

Iran's military on parade

Iran's military on parade

Iran parades troops and weapons through Tehran and holds naval displays in the Gulf to commemorate the start of the 1980-88 war with Iraq, as tensions rise with the U.S. after an attack on Saudi oil facilities.

Climate activists urge action as world leaders meet at U.N.

Climate activists urge action as world leaders meet at U.N.

Days after millions of young people took to the streets worldwide to demand emergency action on climate change, leaders gathered at the United Nations to try to inject fresh momentum into stalling efforts to curb carbon emissions.

Vandalism and tear gas in weekend of Hong Kong protests

Vandalism and tear gas in weekend of Hong Kong protests

Hong Kong pro-democracy activists vandalized a railway station and shopping mall and police fired tear gas during a weekend of sometimes violent protests.

Thomas Cook collapse strands hundreds of thousands of tourists

Thomas Cook collapse strands hundreds of thousands of tourists

Holidaymakers hit by the collapse of Thomas Cook desperately scrambled for information on how to get home, as the demise of the world's oldest tourist firm left an estimated 600,000 people stranded worldwide.

Best of the Emmys

Best of the Emmys

Highlights from the 71st Primetime Emmy Awards.

Emmy red carpet style

Emmy red carpet style

Fashion highlights from the 71st Primetime Emmy Awards.

Alien enthusiasts descend on Nevada desert near Area 51

Alien enthusiasts descend on Nevada desert near Area 51

UFO enthusiasts drawn by alien-themed festivities poured into rural Nevada near the Area 51 U.S. military base, but fears of a mass raid on the remote site or a public safety crisis proved unfounded, with only five people arrested.

Global climate strike

Global climate strike

Hundreds of thousands of students, office workers and other protesters took to the streets across the globe on Friday to demand urgent action to avert an environmental catastrophe from world leaders gathering for a U.N. climate summit.

Best of Milan Fashion Week

Best of Milan Fashion Week

Backstage and collection highlights from Milan.

Trending Collections

Pictures

Podcast